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Date:	Thu, 22 May 2014 16:14:34 -0700
From:	Dmitry Torokhov <>
To:	Julia Lawall <>
Cc:	Himangi Saraogi <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] dt/sparc: Introduce the use of the managed version of

Hi Julia,

On Fri, May 23, 2014 at 07:03:37AM +0800, Julia Lawall wrote:
> On Thu, 22 May 2014, Dmitry Torokhov wrote:
> > Hi Himangi,
> >
> > On Fri, May 23, 2014 at 01:04:30AM +0530, Himangi Saraogi wrote:
> > > This patch moves data allocated using kzalloc to managed data allocated
> > > using devm_kzalloc and cleans now unnecessary kfrees in probe and remove
> > > functions. Also the unnecessary labels are done away with.
> >
> > Please no more partial devm conversions. I am not interested in patches
> > that change only 1 resource to be managed and leaving the rest as is.
> >
> > If you want to do devm conversion please do it if you convert all (or at
> > least majority) of resource handling to managed resources.
> Sorry, I don't think we are clear on what is wanted.  Himangi's patches
> convert everything where a devm function is already available (to our
> knowledge).  Do you prefer that new devm functions be introduced?  On the
> one hand, that is perhaps useful from a safety point of view.  On the
> other hand, it could lead to a huge number of rarely used devm functions
> that no one knows about and to a lot of code diversity.  So I don't know
> what is the good solution.

I strongly dislike changes that mix managed and non-managed resources in
the same driver as it only leads to confusion: should this resource be
freed or will it be freed automatically.

I am applying patches that convert all (or almost all) resources in a
driver into managed ones, but if that is not [currently] possible then
those drivers are probably better left alone (maybe after additional


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